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Field distribution in an electrospray ionization source determined by finite element method

TitleField distribution in an electrospray ionization source determined by finite element method
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsZhong, XF, Yi, R, Holliday, AE, Chen, DDY
JournalRapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Volume23
Pagination689-697
Date PublishedMar
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0951-4198
KeywordsION-SOURCE
Abstract

Three-dimensional computer models of electrospray ionization sources were constructed in COMSOL Multiphysics (TM) to solve the static electric fields using finite element methods. The magnitude of the electric field strength for onset of electrospray and optimum signal was calculated under various conditions. The modification of the electric field distribution in the ion source by an atmospheric pressure ion lens was also investigated by plotting the equipotential surfaces, electric field lines and trajectories of charged droplets. Both the calculated and the experimental results demonstrate that the changes in the ion signal detected by the mass spectrometer are attributable to the focusing effect of the ion lens when appropriate voltages are applied on the sprayer and ion lens. The optimum signal was found by setting the sprayer voltage from 3000 to 5000 V while scanning the ion lens voltage. The calculated strengths of the electric field at the sprayer tip for optimum signals are similar although the applied voltages at the sprayer and ion lens are significantly different. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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